Fire Roadblock Complaints Can Get Aired In 2 Weeks In Malibu

Written by on May 17, 2019

Six months of upheaval at the Los Angeles County sheriffs office …  and lingering anger and resentment over the road blocks around Malibu during and after the big fire.

That’s the backdrop …. as the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission has scheduled a town hall meeting for Malibu in two weeks.

The oversight commission is designed as a check and balance to the elected Sheriff.

The newly elected Sheriff has quietly infuriated some city council members … and others in Malibu.

Although he had not yet taken office when the Woolsey fire hit Malibu … Sheriff Alex Villanueva has yet to publicly explain what happened when thousands of Malibu residents were locked away from their homes by the roadblocks during the fire.

And Villanueva campaigned publicly by accusing the incumbent sheriff of mishandling the Malibu Canyon murder and shooting case.

Two top commanders at the Malibu lost Hills sheriff station were reassigned …

But Villanueva has refused to explain what his findings were.

Plus … his actions to rehire 16 sheriff’s deputies who had been fired for various findings of misconduct may have opened the door for the city of Malibu to have to pay some expensive lawsuit settlements in the future.

Viillanueva contends his re-hirings will save Malibu and other contract cities money … by avoiding costly payments to the once-fired deputies.

All of this controversy is landing on Malibu’s doorstep On June First.

That when the Sheriff’s Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission has scheduled a town hall meeting for Malibu.

The listening session will be Saturday, June 1, 9:30 AM at Malibu City Hall

The purpose of the Commission is to improve public transparency and accountability with respect to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, by providing robust opportunities for community engagement, ongoing analysis and oversight of the department’s policies, practices, procedures, and advice to the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Department and the public.

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